We think he has a very
good imagination and should be writing books on his
factitious world of fantasy.
McLarnon claims to have served in the Royal Ulster
Constabulary (RUC) from 30 June 1975 until 14 June
1982 Northern Ireland during which time he was
attached 3rd QRF (Quick Reaction Force),
22 SAS United Kingdom . A total number of 7 years
service with the RUC and 22 SAS.
was part of the
Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is Britain's
newest special operations unit. Formed around a core
component of members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute
Regiment (1para), with additional troops from the
Royal Marines and the RAF regiment, the SFSG
provides infantry and specialised support to SAS and
SBS special operations.
You will note under Campaign and Service medals, he
states he was awarded the Police Service Medal which
denotes the award of the George Cross, no other
medals are mentioned. More on that medal later under
Again in these documents he is only claiming service
with the RUC and 22 SAS as part of an RUC
Police Special Services Unit stationed at “D”
Division Head Quarters, North Belfast and no mention
of service with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) a
A specialist anti-terrorist unit was formed and
named the Special Patrol Group as a part of the RUC.
It was formed in the early 1970’s and disbanded in
1980. The unit was made up of RUC police officers
who received special training in handling side arms
(semi-auto pistols) and sub-machine guns. They were
used for high risk arrests or searches of houses for
weapons and bombs. They may have worked with Special
Force (SF) units on occasions but were not part of
an SF unit.
He also claims to have been Parachute Regiment
trained. This is highly unlikely as he was a Police
Officer who is a civilian and not a member of the
Defence Force. Only military personnel from all
branches of the Defence Forces can do a Basic Static
Line Parachute course if it is requirement for them
to carry out their duties. Members of the Defence
Forces applying for a Special Force unit, if not
already qualified, must pass the Selection Course
for that unit before going on to qualify as a Basic
Static Line Parachutist and further advanced
He has made claims of serving in a number of
countries in operations in the UK, Europe, North
Africa and Central America whilst a member of the
RUC attached to 22 SAS.
The British Army was in Northern Ireland from 1969
through to 1997 when 30,000 troops were withdrawn
reducing the force to just 5,000, with the last
group 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s
Royal Regiment vacating the Army complex on 25 June
2007. The RUC was renamed in 2001 as the Police
Service Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Research on the internet shows RUC officers did
serve in Bosnia and Kosovo as peace keepers, which
would have only occurred after NATO and United
Nations intervened which ended the hostilities
between the warring parties. Hostilities took place
in Bosnia between April 1992 and December 1995, in
Kosovo that occurred between 1998 and 1999. Only a
small group of PSNI officers are recorded as serving
in Iraq to train police in the town of Basra after
the fall of Saddam.
As for his service records McLarnon can apply for a
record of his service with the RUC and any military
unit he served with through the appropriate channels
in the UK to confirm his service and he is aware of
this as he has stated that himself.
On looking at this document, it looks nothing like
any military documents ANZMI have seen over the
years. The title for 22 SAS is not 22nd
Special Air Service. If you wish to read up on 22
Special Air Service Regiment, the correct title,
click onto the following link.
Close Quarter Combat (CQB), it takes years of
training to obtain a Black Belt in Martial Arts. The
army runs Unarmed Combat Courses to deal with hand
to hand fighting. CQB is part of Counter Terrorist
Training which includes firing pistols and
sub-machine guns at close quarters and being able to
instinctively get a head shot without having to aim
in the split seconds you have to react and avoid
hitting any hostages. It takes a long time and
training to reach that stage.
If you look at the “Required Training-Passed Date”,
the year is 1975, the same year he joined the RUC.
What would take years to get the qualifications
listed, McLarnon appears to have done in a very
short period of time. ANZMI does not think anything
further needs to be said about that document.
As you can see from his application to join the
Tri-Service Retreat Inc, he repeats his claims to
have served in the UK, Europe, North Africa, and
Central America and only suffers from PTSD (Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder). Further information
received states he was wounded in action against the
You will also note that he uses the Post Nominals GC
after his name. McLarnon has never been awarded a
George Cross Medal and therefore is not entitled to
place the Post Nominals after his name and he is not
entitled to wear the RUC GC medal he is wearing when
the RUC was awarded the George Cross Medal as a Unit
Citation. Similar to the award made to the island of
Malta during World War Two, which is shown on its
He now has added that he served in the Ulster
Defence Regiment (UDR), a military unit as well as
the RUC. That would be done to cover him wearing the
General Service Medal as it was not issued to the
We contacted the RUC George Cross Foundation giving
them the information we had and received the
To answer your questions
1 The award of the George Cross was to the
organisation and therefore no one is allowed to wear
a George Cross or to have the post numerals GC.
2 It would appear that Mr R McLarnon served in the
RUC but as a member of the Reserve.
3 He would be entitled to wear the RUC service medal
which was issued long before the George Cross.
4 I have no indication that he served in the UDR but
the Military General Service medal with the Northern
Ireland bar would be appropriate for such services.
5 The service numbers are incorrect.
6 It is unlikely that he was attached to other
arms as it is unlikely that he would have served
outside Northern Ireland.
I also enclose a copy of another enquiry from
Australia and the similarities are startling.
Contact XXXXX XXXXXX (mail to: deleted) his enquiry
dated 3 May 2008.
We also contacted the Ulster Defence Regiment and
after sending out the information to branches, the
following information was received.
Reply to one of my contacts from a man who served in
SAS for 24 years. Excuse the abbreviated language..
Hi XXXXXX, see from XXX he was 22 SAS for 24 years,
Hi XXXXX Robert McLarnon is not entitled to wear SAS
Tie or blazer badge, if he was only attached, you
have got to have served with 21 SAS , 22 SAS ,23 SAS
, Has he got a SAS association, number ? And he is
wearing the Queens Jubilee, it was only awarded to
all serving personal at the time and you must have 5
years service, it was awarded about 5 or 6 years
ago. He would have been too young for Korea, Malaya
and Borneo, Aden, if he was in the UDR from the
start surly he would have the UDR medal, I would
f..k him off ,hope this helps mate XXX ,you can pass
this on to XXXX XXXXXX if you wish ,
We appreciate the assistance from the RUC George
Cross Foundation and the UDR Association.
McLarnon also stated he was a member of the
Campbelltown RSL NSW which he joined in 2002, badge
number 15705 when he applied to join the Hervey Bay
RSL. The President of Hervey Bay RSL contacted the
President of Campbelltown RSL and on checking their
records back to 1998, they have no record of
McLarnon being a member of their sub-branch.
We have received assistance from the Hervey Bay RSL
and one of the members has supplied a Statutory
Declaration in which you can read the exaggerated
stories McLarnon has been telling the members.
He has made claims that he used his flak jacket to
protect a pregnant woman who later gave birth to a
son and called him Rob. He states he was a police
officer in the Bronx area of New York in the USA,
which is hard to believe considering you have to
live in the USA for five years before getting
citizenship to get a job with the military or
government department. His exploits in South America
and South Africa is also stretching the imagination.
His claim that he killed 400 people whilst he was
attached to 22 SAS, stretching the fantasy a little
The biggest fantasy would have to be about the Bali
bombings which took place on 12 October 2002 when
202 people were killed , 88 of them Australian and a
further 240 injured. Being a secret group of ex SAS
the Australian Government recruited them to go to
Bali to take out the terrorists, but backed out at
the last minute. McLarnon obviously does not know
that Australia has its own SAS Regiment.
He wears the SAS beret and Badge most likely UK and
has now taken to wearing the Commando beret. At
present we do not have photos of him wearing either
beret, but we would appreciate it, if someone does
have a photograph of McLarnon wearing either beret
if they could forward it to us. Next ANZAC Day would
be a good time to get one if anyone sees him. He
does believe his own lies as he has been telling
them long enough to march next ANZAC Day wearing all
his medals and either beret.
Robert McLarnon’s medals are a real mixture, most
likely bought by McLarnon himself.
The RUC Medal GC
issued 4 November 2001 Official, but not entitled to
this medal (The RUC George Cross Foundation stated
he may have been in the RUC Reserve and his service
numbers are incorrect. Had he served in the RUC
Reserve he would only be entitled to the original
RUC medal issued in 1982)
This is the medal he should be wearing which was
instituted on 20 July 1982 and not the one with the
blue edges which was instituted 4 November 2001 when
the RUC received the Unit Citation for the George
The RUC Medal, first medal instituted 1982
The RUC Medal showing it was awarded the George
Cross as a Unit Citation, second medal.
Within two years of being awarded the George Cross
the RUC was replaced by the PSNI (Police Service
General Service Medal clasp Northern Ireland.
Official medal, entitlement doubtful (The UDR
Association no longer have access to the records and
could not confirm that he served with them bearing
in mind the two service numbers stated by Mc Larnon
are incorrect and the fact that he claims to have
been attached to 22 SAS Regiment serving with them
all over the world. Also McLarnon makes no mention
or gives any dates as to having served with the UDR
in his application to join Hervey Bay RSL). He is
not entitled to it by serving with the RUC as they
were issued the RUC Service Medal.
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002.
Official medal, not entitled as he was here in
Australia at the time and not a serving member of
the British Military Forces.
The procedure for the issue of the Golden Jubilee
Medal 2002 was entirely different. It was not
offered to Australia for general issue to
Australians. As a consequence, very few Australians
are entitled to the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002. The
only exception is the small number of people who
received the medal as a personal gift from the
British Government. For example, Australia’s only
two living Victoria Cross recipients did receive the
medal. (At the time)
Active Service Medal.
Unofficial medal, what we refer to as a purchased
tin medal and should not be worn.
Defence Meritorious Service Medal (USA) 3rd
official medal, not entitled, only awarded to the US
The Defence Meritorious Service Medal
(DMSM) was established by Executive Order 12019 on 3
November 1977 and implemented by DOD 1348.33–M.
The DMSM shall be awarded in the name of the
Secretary of Defence only to members of the
Armed Forces of the United States
who, after November 3, 1977, distinguished
themselves by noncombat meritorious achievement or
Only under the most unusual circumstances will the
DMSM be awarded as an impact award for outstanding
TDY (Temporary Duty, US military abbreviation)
achievement. The DMSM is specifically intended to
recognize exceptionally meritorious service
performance and to honour an individual's
accomplishments over a sustained period.
The eagle is symbolic of the United States; the
pentagon shape alludes to the Department of Defence,
and the laurel wreath represents achievement. The
colours, crimson and white, are duplicates of the
colours of the Legion of Merit ribbon. Bluebird is
the colour associated with the Department of
Update of information received after ANZMI forward
McLarnon’s documents to the RUC George Cross
Foundation, Ulster Defence Regiment and the Police
Service Northern Ireland.
From the RUC
I am advised that the military numbers are incorrect
in that there are not sufficient digits. The number
for the RUC GC service is incorrect and in fact we
have identified the officer whose number it is.
This is from a soldier who served in the UDR.
I've just read his claims, and while it is
unbelievable it also angers me when people claim to
be something they quite obviously are not. In saying
that I found myself shaking my head and smirking to
myself in total disbelief at his claims, the man
must be one of the biggest Walters I've ever heard
of, and I can only imagine the stories he must have
told his wife and family (and God knows who else)
I know that what I say may not be of any help or
change anything, but from what he claims I have
noted the following; -
He makes reference to the RUC and quickly states the
award of the George Cross, while he is correct in
that the award of the GC was made to the RUC it was
a 'collective' award and not to any individual as I
think he is trying to imply (now that he's living in
Queensland where nobody knows him I wouldn't be
surprised if he's actually wearing one).
The RUC never had a Special Service Unit. They did
have SPG (Special Patrol Groups). These groups
received more range/weapon training than the
ordinary policeman and would have been called in
after intelligence was received to carry out
searches for weapons, etc. while the ordinary
policeman would have manned the cordon, etc , but
they certainly didn't have a 'specialised unit' that
worked solely with the SAS on a regular basis as he
The RUC would have had dealings with Special Forces,
just as they had with all units and Regiments in the
province, but this would have been carried out by
Special Branch in order to supply information and if
an operation was to be carried out then either the
area would have been sterilised completely or the
RUC/Army/UDR would have been used to patrol the area
at a distance. They were never attached to the
Special Forces as he again would have you believe.
He may have been in the RUC and he may have been on
a particular job knowing that something was
happening, but he certainly would not have been
doing what he implies as an RUC officer.
As a Soldier I was also of the opinion that to even
apply for the SAS (or Special Forces) you first had
to have five years Military Service. As a member of
the RUC (a policeman) he was a 'civilian', if I've
got this right I gather that he only served in the
RUC and that he had no further Service after leaving
them in 1982 ??? If that is so then I find it
impossible to believe, or even consider, that the
SAS would train a 'civilian' in all the things he
claims, particularly when his 'certificate' clearly
states that HALO is a requirement ?????? And why on
earth would a mere policeman need to be Para
trained? OK, he may have done a parachute jump (as
many of us have) but that doesn't make him
'Parachute Regiment trained' ... and I can't believe
that anyone could be deceived by anything he has
produced as it's clearly fake, just as he is.
Please keep me informed. I'll give him the benefit
of the doubt and say that he perhaps served in the
RUC, but I think I can safely say that he was never
in the Ulster Defence Regiment. Thankfully the good,
decent, honourable and brave officers and Soldiers
of the RUC and UDR more than make up for the likes
of Mr, McLarnon.
As can be seen from the information received by the
RUC George Cross Foundation, the UDR Association and
the documents in McLarnon’s own hand as well as the
lies he has told, McLarnon does live in a world of
fantasy. As he is in Australia, he most likely
thought he would get away with spinning his false
yarns. His time has run out and he has lost a lot of
friends he had by telling tall stories.
We do expect more information will be forth coming
once this goes to air.
For his actions Robert McLarnon will grace our web
site for the world to see as he has stolen the
valour of the real police officers of the RUC who
died or were injured doing their duty.
He has tarnished his name and brought shame on
himself and family. He has also shown a total
disrespect to 22 SAS Regiment, Royal Ulster
Constabulary, and Ulster Defence Regiment and to the
meaning of medals he falsely wears.